A large and imposing Statuary and Connemara marble Neoclassical style chimneypiece made in the Palladian manner. The wide stepped shelf rests above a band of substantial dentil carving, beneath which lies a Connemara marble frieze centred with a large Statuary tablet depicting playful cherubs riding an eagle, the tablet is flanked by bold Statuary carvings of mythical dragons. The paterae endblocks sit above plain, tapering Connemara columns on the jambs.
English, circa 1890.
Shown here with firebasket SNo 14151 not yet on the web.
The Palladian style was named after the Venetian Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio (1508-1580) whose work and ideas were based on the symmetry and perspective of the formal classical temple architecture of the Ancient Greeks and Romans. His work hugely influenced European architecture from the early 17th century to the present day.
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